|Calicut - A Flight of Chaos.
- Flying in and out of Calicut :
beware, it's Air India
By T. P. Gopinath,
June 26, 2007
modern, magnificent, aesthetically superior, brand new airport terminal is
getting ready in our Calicut for the Calicut International airport. On the
surface, building looks visually stunning. Airport Authority of India
deserves praise for their efforts.
when it comes to flying in and out of Calicut, story is grim and often
gruesome. Here is my recent experience and let this caution you about our
Hence, at the moment, if at all possible, donít plan your
travel in the rainy season and beware of storm in Oman; you may not go out
of Gulf (Special delays for Calicut). Air India; beware the word
particularly. Try Srilankan Airways - the only other airliner making
international flights via Calicut. On Srilankan, you will reach reliably and
receive respectable treatment.
On 7th June, I was to leave for Calicut through Trivandrum
from Sharjah by Air India Express at night. I have been making a short
emergency trip due to marriage of my brother-in-law in India scheduled for
11th June. Accompanying me was my wife and one and half year old twins.
We reached the Sharjah airport on time on 7th as we had
received no communication either from the airliner or from the airport to
stay back. Remember, moving around with the little ones and many bags in
itself is a Herculean effort. At the airport, nothing is said about our
flight. They were not letting passengers into the airport due to no word on
the particular flight. I am not complaining because I want to be out
of the storms way and especially while in flight.